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ticing law again. These 1949 character studies reflect 
three moods before his perjury case went to the jury. 
(UPI Telephoto) 


WANTS SHINGLE BACK — Alger Hiss, convicted of 
perjury in Cold War spy case 25 years ago that brought 
national attention to Richard M. Nixon, wants the 
Massachusetts Supreme Court to let him start prac- 


LAUNCHED NIXOhTS CAREER 


BOSTON (UPI) — Alger Hiss asked 
court permission yesterday to return 
to the practice of law almost a 
quarter century after a spy case per- 
jury conviction shattered his im- 
pressive career and helped launch 
that of Richard M. Nixon. 

The slim, grey-haired former State 
Department official, now a stationery 
salesman in New York, sat im- 
passively next to his son in the rear of 
the Massachusetts Supreme Court 
courtroom. 

At the bench, his attorney, John 
Groden, told a panel of seven judges 
Hiss “contributed significantly” to 
society despite being denied the right 
to practice his profession. 

Controversy has swirled about. Hiss 


character of the impeccably-dressed 
Hiss. 


since the House UnAmerican Ac- 
tivites Committee made his a 
household name in 1948. He served 
five years in prison on a conviction 
for perjury that came from that in- 
vestigation. 

Groden said whether the 71-,-year- 
old Harvard Law School graduate 
and one-time Boston attorney is 
allowed to take up law again should 
be decided by answering the 
question: “What is the moral 
character of Alger Hiss right now?” 

The court took the matter under 
advisement. 

Opposing attorney Robert 
DiGiacomo, representing the gover- 
ning board of the Boston Bar Associa- 
tion, did not challenge the moral 


DiGiacomo argued neither moral 
character nor the perjury Hiss denies 
to this day are main issues. What 
really was involved in the case, 
DiGiacomo said, wa3 “perjury based 
on espionage— there is no question of 
that.” He went on to argue that no- 
one involved in so serious a crime as 
spying should ever be allowed to 
practice law again. 


But Supreme Court Chief Justice 
G. Joseph Tauro asked if in the in- 
tervening 25 years “any evidence of 
espionage” involving Hiss had been 
turned up.